Jasmine: A Tea for Love

Jasmine, Jasminum officinale or Jasminum sambac, is a flower famous and well-loved for its wonderful fragrance and often enjoyed when it is paired with Green Tea, or sometimes Black tea or Oolong tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant.  It is part of many traditional Asian and Middle Eastern tea cultures, including China, Japan, Vietnam, and Iran, but has made its way into Western tea culture of the modern day and to our some of our uplifting tea blends at Arogya.

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12 Easy Steps to Reduce Food-Related Waste

Over the past few months, I have been challenging myself to minimize the amount of food and inorganic material waste that my family and I create.  Though I have been composting since 2013, I’ve become humbly aware of how much single-use plastic and paper products we dispose of on a regular basis.  From produce bags and food packaging to straws at restaurants to take-out drink/food containers when traveling… It’s mindboggling how much waste we can create and unflinchingly consume.  By making a few small changes in my life, however, I’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of waste we create as a household and while I’m on-the-go.  Below are 12 easy yet impactful steps you and your family can take today to reduce food-related waste.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Fire Rooster

On the new moon of January 28th, the year of the Fire Rooster begins. This year is going to be passionate and action-packed, and is an opportunity to focus on your personal development in your inner world as well as the world at large. Though there will be lots to bring into balance this year, it’s also an amazing year for truly following your heart’s desire. This is a time to invest in your own strength and vitality. Those who focus with determination and endurance will surely see the fruits of their labor.

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Chaga

Chaga Tea: a Powerfully Medicinal Mushroom Tea

Pat Lewis, a landscaper from Portland Maine, is a friend of ours who always gives us a unique gift: wild-crafted chaga mushroom. Working in the wilds of Maine, he often comes across this highly medicinal mushroom. The first time he gave us some pieces of of this dark, wood-like mushroom, we had never seen it before, and didn’t quite know what to do with it. However, after researching and experimenting, chaga tea has become a beloved medicine in our home.

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Herbal Tea for Women's Hormones

A Holistic Approach to Women’s Hormonal Balance, and our New Herbal Teas to Help

We are very proud to introduce a new line of medicinal herbal teas for women’s hormonal balance. The first two teas in this line are Hormonal Balance Blend– a general tonic for the female hormonal system, and Female Vitality Blend– formulated to promote energy, vitality, and libido. In collaboration with Arogya’s longtime mentor and master healer, Dr. Wang, Wei has created these blends using a synergy of Western and Chinese healing herbs. Let’s take a deeper look at the nature of hormone imbalance and how to address it.

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Stay Healthy and Heal Quickly with Cold & Flu Tea

Whenever I start to feel the slightest bit under the weather, I make myself an extra strong pot of Cold & Flu tea to drink throughout the day. I rarely get sick beyond one day of mild symptoms, and I credit this tea for helping to keep my body’s defenses strong, and for soothing the little tickles of sickness in my throat and sinuses. Keeping a bag of this tea on hand at home is one of my secret weapons for winter wellness.

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Love Blend: the Perfect Valentine’s Day Tea

To Arogya founder and tea master Wei Huang Bertram, creating a tea blend is a delicate, engaging, and multi-phased art.  The end result of this patient process is a delicious and intricately balanced brew that’s neither too strong nor too subtle, or too bitter or too sweet.

With the desire to create a tea that captures the essence of true love, Wei formulated Love Blend. True love is weightless and pure; it’s stable and strong, while also being beautifully subtle and peaceful. Love Blend embodies these qualities, with its soothing jasmine silver needle white tea and rosebuds. This delightful blend invokes the feeling of love in our hearts, and makes a perfect Valentine’s Day tea.

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Behind the Scents: the Beauty & Power of Natural Perfume

As the director of Arogya Holistic Healing and Arogya Tea for the last 19 years, I’ve had the blessing to pursue and share my creativity with the greater Fairfield County community. One of my long time passions has been natural perfumery. This year has culminated in a reformulation of my four signature scents, as well as two new roll-on perfumes. I am proud to present these 100% natural perfumes, free of any synthetic chemicals, to the community, and to the world via our online store. Today I’d like to share a little bit about becoming a natural perfumer, and the beauty and power of natural perfumes.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Fire Monkey

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and starting on the new moon of February 8th, the Year of the Fire Monkey begins! The combination of fire and monkey energy is particularly exciting because together they will bring a year of opportunity and action! The Monkey is all about movement, creativity, go-getting, flexibility, sociability and taking risks. It’s a year to just go for what you really want – no more procrastinating!

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Teaware 101: Porcelain & Ceramic Teapots

When you think of the most normal and mundane teapot in America, what you probably think of is a glazed ceramic teapot. This classic style, which today can be found in countless fantastic designs, has a long and interesting history. While porcelain and ceramic teapots had been in use in China much earlier than in Europe, the particular design we are most familiar is part of our European heritage.

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